Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray led the state in paying glowing tributes to the legend called Dilip Kumar, who passed away on Wednesday morning aged 98.
Terming him as the ‘Mayanayak’ of his generations, Koshyari recalled how he was so fascinated by Dilip Kumar that he watched his blockbuster “Mughal-E-Azam” twice, back-to-back.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t watch any films thereafter ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ remained the first and the last film I watched. Dilip Kumar was a legend, nobody can take his place,” said the Governor.
Thackeray, calling Dilip Kumar’s passing as a bright shining star which has fallen from the silver screen, said the legendary actor will forever remain in the hearts of his fans.
“Dilip Kumar dominated the film industry with his diverse roles and versatile acting His career was one of the highlights of the Indian Cinema, and he will forever remain the hearts of his fans,” the CM said.
He recalled how Dilip Kumar enjoyed a close relationship with his father, the late Hindu HridaySamrat Balasaheb Thackeray and both nourished a inseparable bond of arts.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that the Dilip Kumar’s demise has shattered the ‘beacon of Indian Cinema’ and the country has lost a great artiste of the century.
Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar said: “Saddened to hear about the demise of the veteran actor Dilip Kumar. We have lost a legend”
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Leader of Opposition (Assembly) Devendra Fadnavis remembered how “we grew up watching his films” and the patriotic roles enacted by the versatile actor in films like “Kranti” and “Karma” are unforgettable.
“He was a World Record holder for winning the maximum number of awards as an actor I had the privilege to honour him with the ‘Padma Vibhushan’ at his home (in Dec. 2015). History of Indian Cinema will fondly remember him forever,” said Fadnavis.
BJP’s Leader of Opposition (Council) Pravin Darekar said that known for his inspiring performances, Dilip Kumar will be “missed not only by his Bollywood fans but people all over the world”.
State Samajwadi Party President Abu Asim Azmi said that Dilip Saab was “not only a great actor, but an excellent human being” who was always at the forefront in serving people in society.
Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole, BJP State President Chandrakant Patil, Maha Vikas Aghadi government Ministers Eknath Shinde, Balasaheb Thorat, Nawab Malik and others recalled his sterling contributions to the film fraternity and society at large and condoled his wife Saira Banu Khan.
Farmers’ activist and Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari, according MoS status, said that “Dilip Kumar’s passing marks the end of a glorious era”.
“Whenever the future generations think about him, they will find it hard to believe that there was a great, talented personality Dilip Kumar in the filmworld,” said Tiwari emotionally.
The Bollywood Thespian is remembered for many of his immortal films, especially the bouquet of the 25 all-time superhits which mesmerizes his fans even today.
These are: “Jugnu” (1947), “Shaheed” and “Mela” (1948), “Andaaz” (1949), “Babul” (1950), “Deedar” (1951), “Daag” (1952), “Footpath” and “Aan” (1953), “Amar”, “Devdas” and “Azaad” (1955), “Musafir” and “Naya Daur” (1957), “Yahudi” and “Madhumati” (1958), “Kohinoor” (1960), “Mughal-E-Azam” (1960/2004), “Ganga Jamuna” (1961), “Ram Aur Shyam” (1967), “Sungharsh” (1968), “Shakti” (1982), “Mashaal” (1984), “Karma” (1986), “Saudagar” (1991).
Bombay HC to hear Aryan Khan’s bail plea on Oct 26
The Bombay High Court on Thursday posted to October 26 the hearing of the bail application of Aryan Khan, arrested in a drugs case by the Narcotics Control Bureau.
The matter came up before Justice N.W. Sambre with Khan’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde seeking urgent hearing on Friday or Monday.
However, Justice Sambre decided to take up the matter on Tuesday next, and Aryan Khan may have to spend five more days in custody.
Khan, the son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, has challenged a ruling of the Special NDPS Court on Wednesday, rejecting his bail plea, along with co-accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha.
Nawazuddin says good people are needed for making good content
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has been nominated in the Best Actor category at the International Emmy Awards for the Netflix film ‘Serious Men’, says for that making good content, good people are also needed.
Talking about what’s more important according to him – content of a project or who all are starring in it, Nawazuddin in a conversation with IANS said: “I think both are important.”
“A lot of content is being made but it will not come out and shine till the time the directors, actors and their performance isn’t there.”
He says if the actor or the maker are not good then there is no meaning to the content.
“No matter how good the content is, if the actor or the director is not good then there is no meaning to the content. For making a good thing, good people are needed,” he concluded.
‘Serious Men’ is based on Manu Joseph’s book of the same name. The film, directed by Sudhir Mishra, is a sharp take on ambition and caste politics, put in perspective in the Indian context.
Rajkummar Rao to star in Anubhav Sinha’s social drama ‘Bheed’
Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha has announced his next film titled ‘Bheed’, a social drama starring National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao.
Anubhav said: “‘Bheed’ is one of those titles that the whole team jumps at the moment you propose it.”
Talking about roping in Rajkummar for the lead role, the director said that for him, “casting was crucial”.
He added: “Raj is a very intriguing actor. He is one of the very few actors who can be so successfully transparent in a story. There always was a keen desire to work with him and I am looking forward to it.”
On working with Sinha, Rajkummar says it is a matter of “great honour and privilege to collaborate with a filmmaker who has such a distinct voice”.
“I have always found myself gravitating towards stories that trigger conversation. Even as an entertainer, I want my work to get people thinking. This is an important subject and the character needs me to stretch myself as an artist, beyond my comfort zone. I can’t wait to start shooting and lose myself in this universe.”
‘Bheed’ is jointly produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and Anubhav Sinha’s Benaras Mediaworks.
Bhushan Kumar said: “Anubhav and I have a long standing relationship since Tum Bin. And every outing together is even more exciting than the last one. Thappad is a film I am incredibly proud of and I can’t wait for ‘Bheed’ to kick off. It’s another of Anubhav’s deeply stirring stories and I am so proud to join hands with him yet again on this one.
“Raj is a wonderful actor and I can’t think of anyone better to pull off a film like this.”
The film will be shot across Lucknow. It is expected to go on floors in November as the unit continues their pre-production for the next few weeks.
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